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. today the u.s. military sent two fire trucks to help battle fires at the fukushima plant. but they haven't been asked to use troops to help. meantime, japan's defense ministry decided against a proposed plan to dump water from helicopters over the badly damaged plants. radiation levels are just too high. you can see in this photo a big hole has opened in the containment vessel around the reactor, and large portions have collapsed. here is more on the plant workers who are putting their own workers putting their own lives in jeopardy to prevent a bigger catastrophe. >> reporter: they are the nameless, brave souls who volunteered or perhaps been asked to be the last line of defense. because they have specific skills and nerves of steel. five workers have already died and two are missing after the latest fire and two dozen are injured. nuclear experts say the skell ton crew are not managers, but probably technicians, men with the schematics of the plant in their head and can fix the clogged vents. they have crawled through the dark mazes, armed with flash lights and radiation detectors wear
are not expected to make it to the u.s. "good morning america." >> the earlier signs are intestinal tracks. those can look like a stomach flu and when you have all these people evacuated, they have to sort out the difference. >> there are three factors can put you at greater risk. first proximity. how close are you to the release. intention. how much was released and were there any barriers between you and that radiation. and duration. how long were you exposed. president obama says he continues to be heartbroken by the images of japan's devastation and this morning he made a promise. >> the united states will continue to offer any assistance we can as japan recovers from multiple disasters. and we will stand with the people of japan in the difficult days ahead. >> u.s. military aid is slowly arriving but there was a setback today. the u.s. navy had to move several ships away after low radiation. >> the army corps of years plans to use sonar to locate several boats that sank after the waves hit on friday. one of our photographers went on aride with fish and game officials and assess the damage do
officials say there is no indication of radiation danger in the u.s. right now. still they are now taking action at the nation's airports. abc7's janelle wang joins us with what is happening. >> u.s. customs and border protection is now testing some passengers and cargo at some airports around the country. they won't say which airport specifically, but we are hearing reports of los angeles, seattle, dallas and new york. the department of homeland security says so far all tests for radiation are negative. >> in an exercise of caution and just to make sure that everyone remains safe, we are doing screening of passengers and/or cargo if there happens to be even a blip in terms of radiation. we have seen no radiation by the way, even on coming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> reporter: right now a forecast by the comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty organization shows how the radiation plume from the failing nuclear reactor in japan is drifting across the pacific, over the islands today and then arriving in southern california tomorrow. but experts believe
to understand that information and having our employees on-site allows us to make a move. >> it shut down the 47 long transmission line that runs along the peninsula could have caused greater risk and said it would have taken two months to bring back service to all those homes. >> massey provided a deposition for this hearing. the deposition largely focuses on this picture of the now ruptured pipe. the picture was taken back in 1956 when he climbed into the pipe to look for debris. in his deposition he tells authorities he asked a welder why he didn't weld the inside of the pipe. the worker responded it's not required. massey also writes once the pipe was completed, everything looked smooth. san bruno city leaders and the california public utilities commission will also testify. the final ntsb report on a probable cause of the explosion will be in six months but it could change safety regulations across california and across the nation. heather ishimaru will file a report on abc 7 news at 5:00 and 6:00. >> in san francisco an unusual accident investigated that resulted in downtown street closure
street in oakland. cecilia joins us with more. >> very dramatic morning for residents. police were here to serve a search warrant at a home down the block here. let's take a look at that video. it started 8:40 this morning on sycamore street as officers were getting ready to enter the house. someone inside peeked out the window, saw the police present and bolted out of the home. he pulled out a gun, fired the round into the air. they joined police and the man who fired the gun was caught on the street behind the house. >> it's a difficult challenge for us. we're still trying to piece together some of the narrative, perhaps he'll admit it, perhaps he won't. whether the suspect shot at the officers or intended to shoot at the officers. but what we do know is he fired a round and that's concern enough for us to have this kind of activity here. >> well, that activity went on for quite some time. one other man was arrested this morning. police aren't saying for what but he was arrested on the scene and the burglary suspect police came looking for today still has not been arrested. let's come
: we need a good night's sleep. kim: which means a little heat to keep us warm. and a good dose of support for my back. some over the top comfort couldn't hurt. and our perfect dream factory's been built. i'm feeling sleepy already. nighty night. ♪ >>> a new york republican congressman showed this poster from a bay area-based muslim organization at a controversial hearing. the capitol hill hearing is examining home grown islamic terrorists in america. >> the bay area group singled out is known as care. those hearings are anti-muslim. jenelle joins us with more. >> republican congressman peter king is leading this hearing. he's also the chair of the house homeland security committee. in his opening statements he condemns the national care organization accusing it of aiding in the radicalzation of the muslim americans a problem he says is at its highest level since 9/11. no one was around at care's offices in santa clara with you this morning its spokesperson out of new york reacted to congressman's peter king's insinuation that the organization
in japan, right now there is no direct threat of radiation going to the u.s. you can see hillary clinton met with the foreign minister at a g-8 summit. >> japan is a generous donor to any disaster in the world. the world comes together to support japan in its hour of need. >> eight more experts from the nuclear regulatory commission are on their way to japan, meantime, the navy says more of their crew members were exposed to exposed to very low levels of radiation and had to be decontaminated after delivering food, water and blankets. despite assurance that radiation from japan is highly unlikely to reach the west coast. they local pharmacies have run out of potassium iodide. >> to inject that, the thyroid gland will put you at great risk of thyroid cancer. if you take the tablet, instead of taking the radioactive iodine they will fill your thyroid gland with good iodine and the radioactive iodine respect through. >> the doctor says for us, more important preparation is to have a disaster kit that includes a kit complete with a 30 day supply of all medications you take and a communicatio
rated. amy hollyfield joins us now with details. >> cheryl, the manager here tells me he has no idea this was happening. he didn't know about it until he got a phone call early this morning. right after that phone call somebody grabbed a piece of paper they wrapped food with and heardly and unexpectedly closed for the day and maybe even longer. >> i got scared and nervous and frozen, you know. they said come here. >> with a roomful of customers eating breakfast and placing cards, about 80 federal, state and local officers moved in on the oaks car club in emeryville. they told the customers not to run, that this is a search of the casino, not the patrons. >> to sit down. there's one maybe who had some papers and got afraid and they checked on her first. >> the f.b.i. confirmed that officers from seven different agencies executed a search and arrest warranty car club as part of an investigation into crime in the pay area. one is the bureau of gambling control. authorities refused to release anymore details. >> hopefully tomorrow we have information we can send off to the public. employ
is lockdown because of power problems. eric thomas joins us from there. >> the civic center and the jail as you mentioned are without power but they are among the 250 customers of pg&e who are all without power right now because of what is going on down there. as you can see the tree that is laying down in the middle of the road, that brought down power lines. the jail is on the back-up power and it's working but the jail automatically goes to lockdown during a power failure. that is what has interrupted the service, the rain as you mentioned and raining right now and the wind continuing to bring down a tree at madison and washington in san rafael. so not only the power of the wind involved here but the saturated ground is involved. pg&e crews are on the scene but because of the tree and the winding of the power lines and everything is situated down there, they have no estimate on when the power is going to be restored. once again, people concerned about the jail, auxiliary power is on there. no problems but the jail is on lockdown and inmates are inside their cells. it's raining on and
. jenelle wang joins us with more. >> that's right, cheryl. we're hearing reports over 400 dead and nearly 90,000 missing but those numbers are expected to rise rapidly because entire towns have been wiped out. we saw people running for their lives unable to escape the tsunami which can clock speeds of up to 500 mph. >> it was 2:46 friday afternoon local time when japan's largest earthquake ever recorded, a magnitude 8.9, hit off the country's northeastern coast. what soon followed looked like a hollywood movie, a massive tsunami wiping out small towns, roads, farming fields and hundreds of homes. a wall of muddy water filled with cars, trucks and boats. the hardest hit were the north even part of the country 240 miles north of tokyo. police reported at least 300 bodies. in okinawa city 300 homes washed away in an instant. after that destructive fires burning out of control, entire neighborhoods on fire. oil refineries shooting flames high into the air for hours. several nuclear power plants shut down because of system failures. the terror lasted for hours with dozens of aftershocks with m
, one from the d.a.'s office, one from the attorney general, one from the u.s. attorney, and the san bruno police department to investigate any possible -- to investigate pg&e for any possible civil or criminal violations relating to the pipeline explosion. there is still a long road ahead for this neighborhood. damaged homes are still being repaired. some neighbors whose homes were destroyed or still months or more away from rebuilding and neighbors tell us at least four will not rebuild here. some victims are still recovering in the hospital. when neighbors gather here tonight to mark the time of the rupture, 6:11 p.m. they say they will be thinking of the human loss. legal consultant dean johnson says the d.a.'s investigation is sending a message. >> one of the problems with prosecution generally is big corporations get a pass on what might be criminal investigations. i think the new d.a. is sending a message that that's not going to be the case with his office; that if a big corporation could be suspect of criminal activity, they're going to look into it and they're going to make
the tsunami and earthquake stands at 9,000, another 13,000 shall still missing. >>> hundreds of u.s. military family members are due in the bay area after evacuating japan. chartered flight landed at travis earlier this morning. more than 3500 military family members made the decision to head home. the departure will help reduce the demand for food and water in japan. defense department says the voluntary evacuations will continue for the foreseeable future. >> opening statements are underway in the federal perjury trial of barry bonds. he wab indicted 2007 accused of lying to a grand jury for obstruction testifying that he never knowingly took drugs. >> reporter: the first witnesses will be called to the stand shortly. right now the defense is wrapping up opening statements. prosecution spoke earlier today for about 45 minutes. legal analyst dean johnson has been following the trials. >> think the opening statements have to go to the defense. the defense attorney al ruby did what he should have done. he set a theme, barry bonds testified before the grand jury, he employed useful information,
. >> this means 150 people that did not have work now do. vicki checky was tearing up as she told us her journey from unemployed to employed. >> it took me 11 months to find this job. i saw the sign j.c. penney was coming soon and i hit the brakes and i took a breath and i went home and online. >> jobs, jobs, jobs has been the mantra of the new congress but also the month tra of state, county leaders also. >> the sales tax revenue which the city is going to generate in these lean economic times is extraordinarily helpful in terms of providing services that out residence desire. >> things are getting better but not as fast as we would like it. >> at the employment center there are smiles but not exactly jubilation. there are many people half been out of work a year or more and many going back to work are doing so at a reduced rate. >> occupations that were 15 to 20 dollars an hour five years ago are paying 11 or $10 an hour but at least there are more jobs out there today. i'm thankful for that. >> and vicki who just got that job after an 11-month search, she had been in the grocery business for
to on the witness stand today. legal analyst dean johnson joins us now. you were in the courtroom and watched the jury and very interesting reaction from the e-mail from the jurors. >> normally the juror is impassive but when chris started cross-examining about the hundred thousand fee for playboy interview. i noticed two of female jurors and wouldn't even look at the witness. >> let me ask you this. she started out strong, kimberly bell and then came under fire. what do you think the jury is taking away from this? >> right now, it's about even. kimberly bell gave probably the most relevant testimony we've heard this far saying barry bonds toll her that an elbow injury was due to steroids because his muscles had grown too fast. that was first time that we heard anybody knew that that he was taking steroids. but whether they are going to give it any weight he is still under very intensive cross-examination. >> the afternoon coming up. morning session was riveting. heather ishimaru is inside right now and have more at 5:00 and 6:00. >> in other high profile try in oakland a die witness in chaun
down but he emphasized the united states is scaling back their involvement there. >> the u.s. will provide capabilities that others can't provide in kind or in scale. there will be no american boots on the ground in libya. >> this morning, a senior libyan official announced he is resigning his post. this is the second resignation in gadhafi's regime in the last few areas. >> the groundwater underneath the reactor has 10,000 times radiation levels. the company doesn't believe drinking water is affected. contaminated water has been cooling at the damaged nuclear plant. radioactive water has already leak into the ocean. >> the government wants people to stop participating in a water recreational activity. it's called water walking. there is a risk of suffocation or even drowning in knees inflatable balls. they are concerned about too little oxygen in them. there is no emergency exit. the only way it can be opened is by a person on the outside. they are popular at parks and malls. >> great day on for swimmers. >> let's take a look outside. 11:13 this morning, we're looking at san
for a mom having lifted there. her spirit will always be with us and her love with be in our hearts. elizabeth taylor was 79 old. >> kristen: barbara walters called her an extraordinary friend. she interviewed taylor many times over the years and offer they discussed death, marriage and men. >> you have said that you loved be in love. >> i think i've had it. >> what about marriage? >> -- oh, god, no. >> you've said that before. >> but i now, i really mean. >> it have i ever thought what you wanted on your tombstone? >> she liked to live and, here lies busy let's, she hated being called liz. [ laughter ] >> but she lived. >> now, we have a slide show of elizabeth taylor on the front page of our website at www.abc7.com. >> cheryl: turning to other news. geologists say it's going to take weeks to clear a rock slide. residents have managed to create a temporary road to get their cars in and out and expert geologist will take a look at the slide to see how to clean it up. monday's massive slide could even get worse as rains continues. there will be a meeting at 4:00 on nelson road at the
. >> terry mcsweeney joins us from antioch. >> reporter: president of the union that represents the public works department doesn't like the way the city council is negotiating with the different unions. it sees the police department getting a good deal and members of the police department not so much. center of the controversy, these are the public works union employees, people that take care of streets and parks. they are making concessions but police are not kicking in their fair share. police are only being asked to contribute 3% toward their pension and raises deferred until then. the public works union has accepted to 10% pay cut and reduced hours and agreed to much more. >> wave deferred a 3% pay raise, city is asking us to do more, to extend our contract with three years, with no pay raise until 2013 and pay an additional 7-8% toward retirement. at the same time they haven't got the same type of things from the police association. >> city manager sent us a an e-mail, after tuesday night, they, meaning local one, will be one of seven labor unions where we don't have an agreement unt
of the storm. take a look at this scene sent to us by molly in pleasanton. that is her car under a fallen tree. in san carlos another viewer sent us this shot of a newly fallen tree resting in a pool. speaking of pools of water, another viewer sent this pool of water in santa cruz last night. if you have weather videos, upload them to ureport at www.abc7.com or e-mail them to us. >> we have other news ahead. nato takes control of operations in libya as the country says they are ready to negotiate. >> in japan the situation as you can see >> closed captioning brought to you by mancini sleepworld. >>> libyan prime minister says his country is ready to talk with opposition rebels and accept political reforms possibly including elections as nato gets ready to take control of the no-fly zone in libya. the u.s. general in charge of the operation will hand the job over to a canadian and today france declared libya's air space under control. >> japan's prime minister is calling the nuclear theft as biggest yet. experts suspect there has been damage to the nuclear reactor core. workers had to be return
steroid use. marvin bernard and randy lardi came to start. he said how he came to know greg anderson. he says he does not recall anderson saying something about the cream or the clear. >> kristen: scientists have found a tree in san francisco with oak disease. this the second time it's been found in the city. the trees near west pacific avenue is one of few native trees in san francisco. they believe it was infected by a plant in a garden of a nearby home. >> cheryl: president obama addresses rising gas prices. the president set an ambitious goal of reducing oil imports by a third while boosting domestic oil production. he also wants to increase the use of biofuels and make vehicles more energy efficient. he said america needs to change its energy culture to make this country more energy sufficient. >> here is the bottom line, there is no quick fixes. anybody that tells you otherwise isn't telling you the truth. we will keep being a victim to shift in the oil market until we get serious about a long term policy for a secure, affordable energy future. >> cheryl: president obama's speech c
have good news on the job front. one of the world's largest providers of temporary workers says more u.s. employers plan to add jobs and fewer expect to lay off people. the labor department reports the national unemployment rate fell to almost a two-year low of 8.29%. there are jobs available right now though at the san francisco hire event. carolyn tyler is there. >> we're outside the hotel witcome at 8th and market streets. very busy out here and very busy inside the hotel as they get prepared by this job fair co-spored by abc 7. it kicks off at noon and one of the fliers say the jobs are here. cathy is joining us now. she's with the job journal. good morning to you -- come on in here so i can get a little closer to you. you are the job fair coordinator. >> yes. >> when you say the jobs are here, what kind of jobs are we talking about and. >> we have everything from a lot of information technology positions. we have over 100 of those. we have high-level administrative, customer service, government jobs, education jobs, public safety. a lot of engineering jobs, including civil engineers
performing a routine task he using a heat exchanger when the equipment failed. one worker hurt his arm but is expected okay. >> we had an expected release. for some reason it came out. right now we don't understand why that is. >> a worker inside the plant tells "abc 7 news" the flames were huge and the situation was scary. heat from the fire melted a tank containing acid that then spilled. two hazmat teams came in. >> that acid is contained and hazmat teams are in the process of cleaning it up. >> they the tested the water and determined no chemicals leaked out the plant. a crew spent the morning vacuuming the foam used to fight the fire. this is the second fire at this refinery in less than a year. last may it took firefighters about two hours to contain a fire that started at 12:45 in the morning. no one was hurt. this history of problems have residents on edge. >> it's like roaming around in the air. you know what i moon. there was crowd of 60 people earlier. everyone was really concerned about the issue. >> i'm scared. i don't know. >> my focus is today's incident on getting to th
talked to him on several occasions about using steroids. he made a secret recording in which he claims greg ander son can be heard talking about the steroids he was providing bonds. >> one million dollars a day, that is the fine pg&e could be facing for missing gas pipeline records. today the puc may decide whether to impose the fine which would be the biggest ever issued against the utility company. pg&e spent months digging records up to meet the march 15th deadline but state regulators say some documents are still missing. this was promised after last september's pipeline rupture. pg&e will have a chance to respond at a hearing on monday. today pg&e is at the cpuc for another reason, how customers can opt out of the smart meter program. opponents say opting out is not good enough and want a moratorium. thousands of consumers complain that smart meters cause inaccurate spikes in the utility bills and they also claim they are health risk. >> the latest conditions on two japanese workers that stepped in contaminated water. what the golden state warriors are doing this week to raise mon
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